TOKYO — Swimmers from base youth teams around the Pacific will pit their skills against Japanese clubs in the American Swim Council in Japan’s annual winter Junior Olympic meet Saturday and Sunday at the St. Mary’s International School 25-meter pool.

For the first time in four years, the meet will include Seoul American High School, which competes in the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Council’s spring season.

Organizer David Moodie also counts among the entrants youth services swim teams from Yokota and Misawa Air Base, Yokosuka Naval Base, Atsugi Naval Air Facility and Camp Zama in Japan and the Okinawa Dolphins Swim Team, sponsored by Marine Corps Community Services.

They’ll go up against the meet’s host and defending champion International Buccaneers, plus eight Japanese teams from around Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture.

The meet is to offer an array of individual and team relay events over two days, starting at 8 a.m. each day. Phone (03) 3709-3411 for more information.

Basketball camp plans first Pacific run

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Perseverance Camp, a youth basketball summer program founded five years ago at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is planning its first Pacific venture in August at Kadena, said camp and youth sports officials at the air base.

The camp is open to youth players age 7 to 16; cost is $10 for an administrative fee. It is scheduled tentatively for Aug. 22-26 at Kadena’s O’Connor, Falcon and Risner Fitness and Sports Centers, said Kadena youth sports director Daniel Aflleje. There’s a chance the camp will be moved to July, he said.

Dietrick Glover, an Air Force tech sergeant assigned to Kadena’s 18th Security Forces and a Perseverance Camp staff member, says the camp’s founder, Master Sgt. Ronald Rucker, hopes the Kadena trip will help open doors to holding the camp at other Pacific bases.

For more information, phone Aflleje at 634-2789 or e-mail him at, or phone Glover at 634-7135 or e-mail him at

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